Are you searching for Portland Oregon jobs? A lot of people are.
It makes me really sad to see so many people out of work. The economy is shot with no end in sight, with companies folding every day; ones that have been around since I was a little boy and even longer. Mother's Cookies, Kaybee Toys, Circuit City....
Long-time employees are getting outsourced and laid-off. There doesn't seem to be anyone who is safe from cut-backs. The U.S. used to be so stable and it never seemed too difficult to find a new job. As you can probably tell, I'm pretty upset over the whole thing.
As you may or may not know, I was outsourced from my job in Snohomish, WA in 2006. I worked for that particular company for 8½ years before they decided to kick me to the curb like yesterday's trash. I felt totally betrayed when it happened and that was the moment that I decided that I was never going to work for anyone again.
I discovered SBI! (Site Build It), created this web site and my first one, Romantic Oregon Coast Vacations, and the rest is history. Early in 2008, I left the rat race for good and now work from home, full-time. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made!
There's a lot to be said for working for yourself and there are tons of opportunities out there, whether you're looking offline or online. If self-employment online is something that appeals to you, let me save you the months it took me to wade through all the scammy "Make Thousands Overnight" garbage and show you some solid online opportunities.
I know that working from home is not for everyone, but we all need income from somewhere. That's the exact reason I believed that making this Portland job search section was so important. Sure, Portland employment has become as big a problem as with the rest of the country, but we have a get-go-em attitude around here that is catching.
Portland began with lumber and fishing being our top resources. That's given way to technology and health care. More than 8% of workers here are self-employed and there were 2,973 business licenses issued in 2007. We were also ranked the 6th best city in the US to start a small business (Fortune Small Business Magazine). Portlanders posses an incredible entrepreneurial spirit. If you're thinking of starting your own Portland business, get all the information right here.
Nike, Intel, and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) are a few of the large businesses with tons of employees working for them. Even though the job outlook is far from rosy, there are a lot of solid Portland Oregon businesses to promote yourself to.
The recent recession has caused some serious problems for the job market in Portland. It's not a black and white issue, though, where the jobs just aren't there to be had...one of the things causing the unemployment numbers to rise is the influx of college-educated people looking for a city that matches their wants and needs. Many were out of work to begin with, so they figure why not be where you want and go from there?
Don't despair and don't give up. Your next Portland Oregon job may be just around the corner. Anyway, onward and upward. It's tough out there, but there is always hope. ;)
Maybe you need more than just a job right now. Times are tough and there is no shame in asking for additional help if you need it. Shelter, food, addiction issues, other aid check out my help page if you need a hand.
Here are some good resources to help you find your perfect job in Portland. Create resumes, write cover letters, post them, search for openings and more. Sell yourself all over the Internet and leave no stone un-turned. You may be surprised at who finds you!
Whatever I can find to help you out, I'll post it here.
Are you on Twitter? If you're looking for jobs in Portland and the surrounding areas, you really should be. There's a growing list of Twitter channels that you can follow and get up-to-the-minute job listings.
Here are some good Portland Oregon job channels on Twitter you will want to follow:
While you're at it, make sure to surf over to the Worksource Oregon web site where you'll be able to follow their Twitter feeds and get notified of new job openings in your industry.
There's a lot more coming, so you may want to bookmark this page. This subject is very near and dear to my heart and I want to help everyone I can find a good job. Being out of work stinks.
Above all else, keep a good attitude and try not to get too discouraged about things. There are Portland Oregon jobs out there to be taken.